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Look Beyond Borders

When talking about the problem of refugees, we use dehumanised language, which reduces human tragedy to numbers and statistics. But this suffering concerns real people, who – just like us - have families, loved ones, friends; their own stories, dreams, goals... Only when you sit down opposite a specific person and look into their eyes, you no longer see an anonymous refugee, one of the migrants, and notice the human before you, just like yourself – loving, suffering, dreaming... 
20 years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron discovered that 4 minutes of looking into each other's eyes can bring people closer. Using this discovery, we decided to carry out a simple experiment, during which refugees and Europeans sat opposite each other and looked into each other's eyes. Clearly, it is most important to give each other time to better understand and get to know each other.

You can watch this social experiment here by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7XhrXUoD6U
The experiment was conducted in Berlin: the city, which - first of all - is a symbol of overcoming the divisions, and secondly, seems to be the centre of the contemporary Europe. We wanted the movie created on the basis of the experiment to be as symbolic as possible – and to touch upon the general divisions between people.
The experiment participants were ordinary people. The situations were not staged; we wanted to get natural, spontaneous reactions. The people sitting opposite each other had not known each other before and saw each other for the first time during the experiment. What is important, the refugees mostly came from Syria and had not been living in Europe for longer than a year.

Director: Bartosz Dombrowski (Papaya Films)
DOP: Kuba Kijowski
Editing: Katarzyna Orzechowska | Mateusz Romaszkan
Music: Atanas Valkov
Sound Design: Błażej Kafarski
Producer: Siasia Seyfried
Production dept. Kasia Wac
Production Manager: Ania Stylińska
Casting | refugees: Ania Alboth
Camera Operator: Patricia Lewandowska
Camera Operator: Magda Górfińska
Camera Operator: Casey Cambell
1st Camera Assistant & Focus Puller: Nick Dietz
Assistant & Focus Puller: Katharina Hauke | Yuri Salvador
Gaffer: Konrad Pruski
Digitalization: Haman Wawrzyniec
DIT Martin Hecht 
Sound Engineer: Konrad Serowiecki
Post Production: Rio de post - Sylwia Skrzypek

Cinegate Berlin (Sebastian Enke | Gösta Hess | Florian Wimmer | Daniel Sippel | Andi and Stefan)
Ewerk | Elaine Mathe
Rio de Post
Papaya Films | Kacper Sawicki
Cut Cut | Maciej Kozłowski | Paweł Szczypek | Robert Cacaj
Central Park Berlin | Sascha Wolfram & Roland Patzelt
All participants
All translators
Isabella Sobieski
Frank Hellwig

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